Tom and I have shared thirty-three years together. He’s never jumped on the couch over me; I wouldn’t say yes if he asked me to marry him; and I doubt we’ll ever go to church together–and that’s all right by me.
Tom has been in the spot light for over three decades. He’s grown up and grown old literally in front of our eyes. Why would it be a surprise, then, when the quirky chapters of Tom’s life emerge as well? While it’s popular to dislike him, I think he’s more talented than people give him credit. We are the same age and I’ve seen probably every film he’s been in. The good, the bad, and the ugly. Throughout the stages of my life, he’s been around in the background entertaining me for decades. He’s like a brother to me.
Here are some of my favorite roles.
The Very Good
One of my favorite roles of Tom Cruise’s was when he danced as Les Grossman in Tropic Thunder. I hadn’t laughed that hard in a long time. He stole the movie and showed he had a sense of humor.
Other than John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, and Gary Cooper, he’s well on his way to becoming the top-producing paid actor in history. (Quigley Publications’ annual poll of movie exhibitors)
Tom Cruise makes it look easy–the stunts he does on his own, handling smart dialogue, passionate deliveries, the variety of characters. His expressions, that running gait, the roar. Hate him if you must, but I bet there’s one in his filmology you admire. Which one is it? Or, if you must, which one is his worst? I’d have to say Cocktail.